Crib Blanket Turned Play Mat…
When my sister in law told us she was expecting I could hardly wait to start knitting and sewing up some baby gifts. I’m your typical baby obsessed gal and especially love crafting with a baby in mind!
My first project was a brightly striped Super Soft Crib Blanket that is an absolute breeze to knit up and only took me about 3 days to complete. I don’t get to make my way into Purl Soho’s NY shop as often as I’d like but I found myself in the city last October for work and in turn found myself in my favorite knitting store every available moment! Normally I would have chosen my colors online but for this project I was able to do my choosing right there in the store. I’m usually all about the neutrals but I could not resist the gorgeous bright super soft merino colors. I felt like a kid in a candy shop trying to pick a favorite!
The blanket knit up so soft and delicious and then…I did exactly what I was not supposed to do. I washed it. Like an idiot! Even after I looked up whether or not I should, I still went for it. It’s just that I take real pride in being able to wash almost anything in my washing machine – wool, silk, cashmere, etc – and I am always so careful. I only use castille soap and white vinegar and I make sure the water temp and spin speed are right for the fabric; but, well this time I f#**$% up. I started out almost too carefully by washing the blanket with cold water and no spin. When I went to get it out it was so sopping wet I couldn’t lift it out of the machine. So I decided to do a quick rinse and spin cycle, not realizing that I needed to reset the water temp again. When I went to pull it out my soft cuddly baby blanket had turned into an almost felted stiff floor mat. I didn’t cry, I swear! I paced around for a bit, cursed a lot, kept touching the blanket over and over hoping as it dried it would magically go back to soft and cuddly. Then it came to me. Every baby needs a play mat for tummy time, and that is how my crib blanket became a play mat!
My next post will have the second project I embarked upon! So stay tuned!